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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A knowledge or love of or taste for fine objects of art.
  • n. Objects of art, especially fine antique objets d'art, considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Knowledge of the fine arts
  • n. objets d'art collectively

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word used chiefly in the phrase article of virtu, an object interesting for its precious material, fine or curious workmanship, antiquity, rarity, or the like, such as gems, medals,enamels,etc.: usually an object of some quality of art which appeals to fancy or to a curious taste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. artistic quality
  • n. objet d'art collectively (especially fine antiques)
  • n. love of or taste for fine objects of art

Etymologies

Italian virtù, virtue, virtu, from Latin virtūs, excellence, virtue; see virtue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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